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Concerning Cults – Jehovah’s Witnesses (1)

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October 2002
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults – Jehovah’s Witnesses (1)

It is claimed there are ‘6,000,000 persons’ in ‘over 230 lands’ who are Jehovah’s Witnesses. I cannot verify these statistics but two observations are pertinent.Firstly, growth in the number of Jehovah’s Witnesses has fluctuated in recent years. For example, between 1993 and 2001 their growth in the UK has slowed down.Secondly, Watchtower yearbooks reveal…

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Concerning Cults

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August 2002
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Concerning Cults

ChristadelphiansIt is a small, active, but relatively unknown group. The membership is falling and now stands under 17,000 in the UK. There are only about 300 'ecclesias' in Britain, with a further 100 or so smaller fellowships.I am referring to Christadelphians. You may not have heard about them. One reason for this is that…

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Concerning Cults: William Branham (2)

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July 2002
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Concerning Cults: William Branham (2)

William Branham (2) The ministry of William Branham spanned a thirty-two-year period from 1933 to 1965. Last month we illustrated the foolish claims made concerning Branham himself and his work. In this article we focus on Branham’s teaching. Claims People ‘watched with astonishment’, it is claimed, as Branham’s ‘prophetic ministry unfolded before them’. They…

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June 2002
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Concerning Cults-William Branham (Part 1)

The name of the late William Branham may have no significance at all for you or your church. If so, I am delighted. But why should I now tell you about Branham? There are three reasons for doing so. One reason is that Branham's disciples are contacting increasing numbers of evangelical pastors and churches.…

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Concerning Cults

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May 2002
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Concerning Cults

Doreen Irvine (2)Only a few weeks ago there was uproar in Cardiff University, one of the top ten universities in the United Kingdom. It was all about an article in a recent issue of the university student newspaper.The article seemed fair and accurate in what it said. For example, it talked about the origins…

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May 2002
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Harry Potter and the Bible

Parents of pre-teenage children will have been aware of the Harry Potter phenomena for some years now. The first book came out in 1997 and the second was eagerly awaited, being quickly followed by the next and then the next. Christmas 2001 saw the release of the first film: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s…

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Concerning Cults

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April 2002
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Concerning Cults

One of Britain's most influential witches, Doreen Valiente, died in 1999. Along with Aleister Crowley and Gerald Gardner, she was responsible for the resurgence and development of witchcraft in the twentieth century. During the 1970s, Valiente also helped to establish the 'Pagan Federation'. Her dislike of the sexual demands of some coven leaders, and…

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Islam and the Vatican

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April 2002
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Islam and the Vatican

On a spiritual-emotional level, Rome and Mecca find common ground in the town of Fatima in Portugal. To quote a Catholic news organisation: 'Our Lady of Fatima is really Fatima, daughter of the Prophet Mohammed… On 23 October 1995, Iranian television began running stories that the apparitions in Fatima, Portugal, in 1917 were religious…

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Islam and the Vatican 1.  A new partnership with Muslims

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March 2002
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Islam and the Vatican 1. A new partnership with Muslims

Speaking to the predominately Muslim nation of Kazakhstan, twelve days after the horrors of 11 September 2001, the Pope declared: ‘"There is one God". The Apostle proclaims before all else the absolute oneness of God. ‘This is a truth which Christians inherited from the children of Israel and which they share with Muslims: it…

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Concerning Cults The new spiritualities (3)

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March 2002
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Concerning Cults The new spiritualities (3)

It is a crucial and necessary question; ‘How do I know what is true or false?’ In my last two articles I proposed three criteria for answering the question with regard to new spiritualities.The criteria were ‘real revelation’, ‘relational revelation’ and ‘redemptive revelation’. A fourth criterion, namely, ‘restorative revelation’, is the theme of this…

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Concerning Cults

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February 2002
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

The New Spiritualities (2)On a flight recently from Asia to London Heathrow, I found myself sitting by two strangers. One was an information technology expert.The other man, much more talkative, was the managing director of a successful local business near Glasgow. Married with young children, he enjoyed soccer, worked hard but was sceptical about…

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Islam – the world’s largest cult?

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February 2002
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Islam – the world’s largest cult?

The fruit of IslamOne sign of a cult is the way it keeps its adherents in the dark about other faiths. I doubt whether Muslims today know much about the message of Jesus and his gospel. They know only what they have been told by their religious teachers. How accurate would we expect this…

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